ST. LOUIS (Reuters) – Brooks Koepka fought off an impressed problem from Tiger Woods to win the PGA Championship on Sunday, giving the big-hitting American his 2nd main name this season.
Aug 12, 2018; Saint Louis, MO, USA; Brooks Koepka poses with the Wanamaker Trophy after successful the PGA Championship golfing event at Bellerive Nation Membership. Necessary Credit score: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports activities
Koepka withstood stifling drive and sweltering warmth to card a four-under 66 excellent sufficient for a two-shot victory over Woods, who was once chasing his first main name in a decade and got here shut through returning a 64, his lowest ultimate spherical in a significant.
Scott, sporting the added motivation of successful for pal Jarrod Lyle who died previous within the week, battled Koepka toe-to-toe however completed 3rd after a bogey on the remaining left the Australian with a last spherical 67 and 3 strokes adrift.
Koepka, who completed on 16-under-264, has now received 3 of the remaining seven majors and was the 5th golfer and primary since Woods in 2000 to seize each the PGA and U.S. Open in the similar 12 months.
“Rather than me, my staff, everyone was once rooting for Tiger,” mentioned Koepka. “It roughly pushes you to step up your sport.
“I imply, you need to as a result of you realize he’s proper there in the event you fall.”
Whilst Koepka stumbled with bogeys at 4 and 5 he showcased his psychological toughness as he undid a lot of the wear with a run of 3 consecutive birdies going into the flip.
Woods, then again, pounced with 4 birdies and a bogey on his entrance 9 to get inside probably the most lead and with the 42-year-old within the operating to win his first main for the reason that 2008 U.S. Open, Tiger-mania was once at a fever pitch.
The 14-times main winner, who had whipped the huge gallery right into a frenzy at the entrance 9, despatched them into absolute hysteria with two extra birdies at 12 and 13 that once more vaulted him inside probably the most lead.
“You should listen them,” smiled Woods. “They have been loud they usually stayed round and … it’s been improbable with the positiveness that everybody was once pronouncing they usually sought after to peer some excellent golfing and we produced some.”
Whilst Woods and Scott have been mounting fees at the method house, Koepka, who has just one different victory at the PGA Excursion at Phoenix in 2015, stalled with 5 consecutive pars.
But if Scott grabbed a proportion of most sensible and with Woods nipping at his heels one at the back of, Koepka once more confirmed his metal with birdies at 15 and 16 to regain keep an eye on, although Woods saved up the drive till the top through rolling in a 20-foot birdie at 18.
“I imply, everyone at the golfing path heard it (the noise),” mentioned Koepka. “You should listen the roars after we have been on 10 and 11, after which you have to roughly listen it trickle down as they modified the leaderboards throughout.
“It’s lovely glaring when Tiger makes a birdie. I believe everyone on the golfing path cheers for him.”
Modifying through Greg Stutchbury